Active Travel Media are invited to join us at the

21st Annual NATJA Conference & Marketplace in Galveston, Texas

What’s Included with Registration

3-Night Stay at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, & Convention Center

The 2024 NATJA Conference & Marketplace will be a 3-day event at Moody Gardens, a premier destination filled with story opportunities! From their iconic pyramids, which are home to marine life, a rainforest, and the discovery center to learning about their conservation efforts, your stay at Moody Gardens will be like no other.

Moody Gardens began in the mid-1980s with only a horse barn and riding arena. The purpose was to begin a hippotherapy riding program for people with head injuries. Today Moody Gardens is one of the premier educational/leisure facilities in the southwest. It also provides horticultural therapy, education and employment for persons with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities.

Registration includes accommodations the nights of May 14, 15, and 16 at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, & Convention Center. You will have an opportunity to extend your stay either before or after the conference.

NATJA coordinates hotel reservations on your behalf so that you don't have to worry!

Professional Development Sessions

NATJA prides itself in providing informative and relevant professional development workshops for media at our annual conference.

From the popular Editors Panel, to tips and tricks for photography and video, to learning about the latest in social media marketing, we provide our attendees with tools that will help them make their journalism stand out.

Marketplace and Networking

Looking to network with destinations, editors and fellow media? The NATJA Conference is the place to be! You will have many chances to interact with DMOs and editors throughout the conference. The Marketplace allows you to meet 1-on-1 with destination marketing representatives from across North America.

Afternoon Tours

All conference attendees are invited to participate in the planned afternoon tours in and around Galveston Island at no additional cost. Attendees will have several choices and opportunities to learn all that Galveston has to offer.


From the coffee mixer on day 1 to breakfast right before you depart, your meals are included with your conference registration. You will have an opportunity to savor food and drinks from some of the best local eateries and distilleries.

Pre or Post-Conference Press Trip Opportunity

See more of what Texas has to offer by taking a pre or post-conference press trip! Visit Galveston will offer a variety of trips that will allow journalists to truly take in The Lone Star state. Registered media attendees will be invited to apply to participate in a pre-conference or post-conference press trip.

Airport Transfers

Visit Galveston will coordinate airport transfers for attendees flying into or out of Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). Please note that if you fly into George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), you will need to make your own transfer arrangements.

An Unforgettable Experience!

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the 21st Annual NATJA Conference in Texas' Historic Beach

Monthly Payment Plan Option

NATJA offers a monthly payment plan for the conference, allowing you to split your conference registration into equal monthly payments. Payment plan participants must have their registration paid in full no later than April 30, 2024 to guarantee hotel room accommodations and conference participation. A credit card is required at registration. You may also contact the NATJA office by email at or call (626) 376-9754 for more information.

Registration for Media Members

Conference Registration for Media Members

Includes 3-nights at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, & Convention Center
$ 699
  • Unlimited networking with DMOs, fellow travel media, and editors
  • 3-nights accommodations at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, & Convention Center
  • Transfers between Hobby International Airport and hotel
  • Access to Professional Development Sessions
  • Access to the Marketplace
  • Participation in Afternoon Tours
  • All scheduled conference meals
  • Opportunity to apply for a pre or post-conference press trip

Guest Registration

Interested in bringing a spouse or adult family member to the conference? You will have the option to register a non-media/non-DMO guest who may be able to participate in the afternoon tours and evening activities. More information will be available at a later day.

Guest Registration

Spouse, partner, or guest that is not media or a business colleague
$ 599
  • Applicable to a spouse, partner, or guest that is not media or a business colleague
  • Guest will have the opportunity to participate in afternoon tours, evening activities, and the daytrip to Denali
  • Airport transfers to and from hotel.
  • Shared accommodations with Main Registrant at the Westmark

Cancellation Policy​

Individuals may cancel by March 15, 2024 to receive a refund. Upon cancellation, a 3% credit card processing fee will be deducted from the refund for all monies paid.

Registration fees will not be returned on or after March 16, 2024.

If you are no longer able to attend the NATJA Conference & Marketplace, please contact the NATJA office immediately by email at or call (626) 376-9754.